It was a game of hide-and-seek with the intermittent rain showers yesterday, but that didn’t keep the park’s visitors away. Impression that it’s actually been busier in the park and on our trails the last 48 hours than it was over the holiday weekend! So, as the theme has been for many of our country’s most popular and beloved national parks, expect above average congestion. Forecast looking pretty cut-and-paste for today, with mostly cloudy conditions and passing showers likely for the afternoon and evening. If percentages hold, Friday could be even more of a wash from start to finish. Surely the moisture being driven up from the Gulf by Elsa is feeding the weather pattern, but the storm itself is too far east to have any kind of flooding or downed trees impact on our mountains. The air will be calm again today and temps on the slightly cooler side. We’ll range from the lower 50s to lower 60s today. When conditions are consistently wet like they are, pay extra close attention to your foot placement heading up and down the trail. For safety reasons of course, but also to look out for the little dudes slowly slithering from one side to the other. If you haven’t guessed it, we’re talking about the numerous snails and salamanders who call these mountains home.